June 5, 1926 - June 3, 2021
Anna Marie (Surace) Basile, 94, passed away peacefully at Francis House on Thursday, June 3, 2021, with her daughter Mary at her side. Anna Marie, known by family and friends as Mary, was born to the late Salvatore and Antoinette (Sicary) Surace, on June 5, 1926, in Archbald, PA. Her family moved to the north side of Syracuse in 1941. She worked at Hilltop Laundry and Syracuse China. After WWII, her brother, Carmen, introduced her to Ted, who became the love of her life. They were married for 72 wonderful years. Mary and Ted always worked as a team, starting with their first grocery store, the Lyncourt Superette, to their multiple produce stands in Clay and Cicero. They then built Teddy Bear Foods, which they operated for over 30 years, followed by Teddy Bear Gas and Teddy Bear Gardens. Mary was well loved in the community, becoming close friends with neighbors and customers. Mary loved cooking and baking for her family. Memorable examples are gingerbread houses for the grandchildren, Vince and Helene’s wedding cake, Italian cookies for her grandchildren’s weddings, and winning first place in her cake decorating class. She taught her cooking tips to many, helping Michelle become the family expert in making “Grandma’s meatballs” and teaching Chris to make baccala. Once she knew your favorite, you could count on finding it in her oven when you arrived. Along with her parents, Mary was predeceased by her husband, Theodore, who passed on February 4, 2021; a brother, Santo Surace; and sisters, Catherine Surace, Concetta (Surace) Saia, and Lucille (Surace) Indivero. Mary is survived by her children, Vincent (Helene) Basile of Berwick, PA; Mary (John) Tracy of Lafayette, NY; and Salvatore Basile of New York, NY; grandchildren, Christopher (Jillian) Tracy; Edward Basile; Michelle (Scott) Jevis; and Nora Basile (Ian Woloschin); great grandchildren, Theodore Jevis; Wren Woloschin; William Jevis; and Corbin Woloschin; her brother, Carmen Surace; along with many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff of Hospice CNY and Francis House for the care and compassion they provided to all of us. Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 9 a.m. at THOMAS J. PIRRO JR. FUNERAL HOME, and 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 6104 State Route 20, Lafayette, NY 13084, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Entombment will follow in Assumption Cemetery Mausoleum. Family and friends may call from 4:00 – 6:00 pm on Monday, June 7, 2021, at THOMAS J. PIRRO JR. FUNERAL HOME, 3401 Vickery Rd. (corner of Buckley Rd.) North Syracuse, NY. Contributions in Anna Marie’s name may be made to Hospice of CNY and Francis House.
Anna Marie (Surace) Basile, 94, passed away peacefully at Francis House on Thursday, June 3, 2021, with her daughter Mary at her side. Anna Marie, known by family and friends as Mary, was born to the late Salvatore and Antoinette (Sicary) Surace,... View Obituary & Service Information
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